Condensed Biography

As IU’s 18th First Lady, Laurie champions the philanthropic spirit among IU’s alumni with a particular focus on the growing importance of women’s philanthropy. Laurie is a founder of the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council at the Indiana University Foundation and serves as its honorary chair. In 2012, she was named Woman of the Year by the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women, and in 2014, she was given the Leading Light Outstanding Leadership Award by the Indianapolis-based organization Women & Hi Tech.

Laurie brings broad experience with research universities to her role. A technologist in higher education for more than 25 years, she served in numerous management and executive positions at the University of Michigan and as an executive director with Internet2. She helped found and lead Internet2’s Gender Diversity Initiative, which has sponsored scholarships and travel grants for women technologists and network engineers, as well as a major survey of gender diversity in employment.

Laurie holds an adjunct faculty position in IU’s School of Informatics and Computing, where she helped found the ServeIT service-learning clinic. She played a crucial role in the establishment of the Indiana University Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT) at IUB, which seeks to create, foster, and improve academic and professional opportunities for women students, faculty, and staff working in or with technology.

IU’s first lady serves on numerous boards both locally and nationally, including the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County and the community advisory board for Bloomington’s Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. She is past chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities (AAU) Partners Group. Laurie received a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in May 2016.

Full Biography

As IU’s 18th First Lady, Laurie brings broad experience with research universities to her role. She is an effective ambassador for Indiana University, actively promoting the university and her husband’s vision for IU as a global leader in the 21st century. She is closely engaged with IU’s extensive alumni community across the nation and around the world, championing the philanthropic spirit among IU’s alumni and particularly the growing importance of women’s philanthropy. Laurie is a founder of the Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council at the Indiana University Foundation and serves as its honorary chair (for updates on activities and events visit the Women’s Philanthropy at Indiana University website). She is also past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities Partners organization. In 2012, she was named the Woman of the Year by the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women, and in 2014, she was given the Leading Light Outstanding Leadership Award by the Indianapolis-based organization Women & Hi Tech.

Laurie, who has been a technologist in higher education for more than 25 years, holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the IU School of Informatics and Computing, where she helped found and currently chairs the Advisory Committee for Serve IT, an IT clinic that provides service–learning opportunities for students with Bloomington area nonprofits. She served in various management and executive positions in the central IT organization at the University of Michigan, and most recently served as an executive director with Internet2. She helped found and lead Internet2’s Gender Diversity Initiative, which has sponsored scholarships and travel grants for women technologists and network engineers, as well as a major survey of gender diversity in employment.

Laurie holds an adjunct faculty position in IU’s School of Informatics and Computing, where she helped found the ServeIT service-learning clinic. She played a crucial role in the establishment of the Indiana University Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT) at IUB, which seeks to create, foster, and improve academic and professional opportunities for women students, faculty, and staff working in or with technology. She also chairs CEWiT’s Advisory Council.

IU’s first lady also devotes her energies to fostering the relationship between Indiana University and the surrounding community. Laurie is a board member of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and has served on the boards of WonderLab, a children’s science museum, and Middle Way House, a national model program addressing domestic violence, for which she chaired the capital campaign for a new shelter. She also is a member of the community advisory board for Bloomington’s Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. She also is a member of the community advisory board for Bloomington’s Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Laurie received a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in May 2016. She received a bachelor’s degree in history with honors from the University of Michigan in 1978 and helped establish a major in Women’s Studies as an undergraduate. While working at the University of Michigan in the mid–1980s and 1990s, Laurie co–chaired the university’s Commission for Women and served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues. She has served on the Board of Visitors of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.